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List price: $926,000
Previous sale price: $442,000 (January 2005)
Square footage: 1,928
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If Bill Cosby’s contempt for modern culture tracks pretty closely to your own, then here’s the house for you: “a historic former group home and parlor from back in the days of Red [sic] Foxx and Duke Ellington.” And don’t worry about a tanking market—the owner isn’t: “There’s nothing wrong with the housing market,” he says. “Just price it right and it’ll move.” Perhaps—but you also may have to do one or two other things, such as claim the house is in “Logan,” when it’s actually a block from the Shaw Metro, and decorate your bathroom as if it were in a Thai restaurant. But the nearly half-million-dollar price hike won’t get you everything: The exposed brick walls could use a pointing, and landscaping the weeded backyard is your charge. Says the flier, “most people would prefer the option to create there [sic] own rear space to fit their own desires.” —Brian Beutler